A superpower spice
Well-known for its golden yellow powder that adds vibrant colour to curry dishes around the world, turmeric is a plant native to Southeast Asia and is cultivated in almost every part of Asia. After going through drying and grinding processes, its thick underground stem – the rhizome – produces this multi-use, age-old powder. A sacred spice to Hindus, who use it in their religious ceremonies, turmeric has a bitter, slightly spicy, and peppery taste. Reputed for its use as a dye for clothing and food, turmeric also possesses therapeutic benefits. It was prescribed in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine to treat digestive and inflammatory disorders, and studies carried out in recent decades have revealed that it contains powerful antioxidants.